Field Ornithology

June 16–21, 2024



Immerse yourself in a week of all things avian, learning in small-group, primarily field settings about bird biology and evolution, nesting behavior, songs, migration and conservation (along with plenty of ID tips to improve your birding). Field Ornithology includes excursions to both mainland and coastal habitats, including offshore islands, lush grasslands, marshes and sphagnum bog forests (sensitive puffin-nesting islands will be observed by boat). Add some of the most respected bird experts in the country, and you have Field Ornithology on Hog Island. You'll learn in the woods and on the water—experiencing the dawn chorus with experts in bird song recording at your side; getting a chance to help a bird bander ring colorful warblers; discussing avian coloniality in the midst of thousands of raucous terns. Workshops and evening sessions will provide a solid foundation on the principles of ornithological science. You'll come home with amazing memories - and a much greater understanding of bird biology and ecology.

Prerequisites: Please note that for these programs, there are NO prerequisites, and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions

Note: This session runs concurrently with Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens.



Guest Speakers


"It was one of the best weeks of my life. I really enjoyed the program, the staff and instructors, my new "birding buddies" and of course the food." - Sujan, graduate student, Minnesota Click here to view the photo gallery

"The whole atmosphere of the camp was perfect. Serious about learning more about birding and birds, but fun and informative. I'd do it again in a heartbeat." - Lottie, kindergarten teacher, Missouri

Read the Jan/Feb 2016 Bird Watcher's Digest article to learn more about Field Ornithology



Below are listed per person prices that include meals, housing, instruction, and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

  • $1690 – Standard Room: shared room (2 twin beds), shared bathroom
  • $1890 – Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath (dbl occupancy)
  • $1990 – Single room, shared bathroom
  • $1990 – Osprey RoomEider roomBlackburnian, or Guillemot room, 2 twin beds, private bathroom (dbl occupancy)
  • $1990 – Queen Mary Loft, large open room with private bathroom (selling as a double occupancy only)
  • $2190 – Helm Cabin, 1 queen bed, 1 twin bed, private bathrooms (dbl occupancy) 

If the program or your preferred housing option is sold out, please add your name to the wait list. There are usually a few cancellations, and the first people on the wait list are almost always able to enroll. For questions regarding the wait list status, program, registration, lodging or meals, please contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. Also, some questions may have answers on our lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

All participants must agree to the Camper Guidelines - please read before registering.



NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

Photo: Jean Hall
Snowgoose III transporting campers to Hog Island. Photo: Jean Hall
Black Guillemot in flight Photo: Scott Weidensaul
Banding birds on Hog Island - Blackburnian Warbler Photo: Scott Wiedensaul

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